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available options
Available options
  • Explore the possibilities…

Employment

Further education

Gap year activities

University (higher education)

  • Subjects - performance and enjoyment
  • Match subjects to courses
  • Some vocations require specific choices
university and course choices
University and course choices
  • Location and type (campus/city)
  • Full-time or sandwich courses
  • Interests - other opportunities available
what else should i think about
What else should I think about?
  • Course details - modules
  • Entrance requirements (UCAS tariff)
  • University/college open days
  • Location
  • Accommodation
  • Graduate destinations & employment
  • Tuition Fees (A range between £6000 and £9000)
  • Financial incentives (Grants/bursaries)
the provision of higher education in the uk
The provision of higher education in the UK
  • Number of institutions
  • Number of courses
  • Applicants
  • Acceptances
  • Statistics from UCAS, 2014

370

37,000+

677,373

495,596

how do i apply gather information
How do I apply/gather information?
  • UCAS website (www.ucas.com)
  • University & college prospectus’, websites and admissions tutors
  • Careers library
  • Careers interviews
  • Guidance & advice – SFMT, Tutors, family & friends
  • Centigrade
  • Sixth Form website (www.netherhallsf.org)
centigrade
Centigrade
  • Self assessment form completed in Autumn & reviewed in Spring Yr12
  • 150 questions on interests, personal qualities, skills & broad abilities
  • Academic information also includes other qualifications, key skills, etc.
  • Suggests suitable areas of interest, courses and locations for students
ucas the process at netherhall
UCAS – the process at Netherhall
  • UCAS Online application form – Remember to apply as part of a school/college (Netherhall)
  • Personal statement (checked with tutor)
  • Preliminary meeting with Mr Clarke
  • Tutor writes reference based on subject teacher information which is then reviewed by Mr Clarke
  • Final copy of UCAS form sent to us
  • Pay the UCAS fee (online)
  • Meet with Mr Clarke to help students with final checks… submit to UCAS

UCAS Application Completion!

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A*

70

A*

140

A

60

A

120

B

50

B

100

C

40

C

80

D

30

D

60

E

20

E

40

The UCAS tariff

AS level

A level

example
Example

A student taking three GCE A Levels plus one AS qualification.

A2 Grade

English grade A 120

History grade B 100

Economics grade C 80

300

GCE AS

Psychology grade B 50

350

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UCAS
  • UCAS opening date for applications is 1st September
  • Students can make a choice of up to five university courses
  • Interviews compulsory for Oxbridge & for applications to medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine & teaching. (Deadline of 15th October)
  • All other courses have a December deadline (Netherhall)
  • University & College offers made November – April
  • Students can hold 2 offers for places (F) firm & (I) insurance
gap years and deferred entry
Gap Years and deferred entry…
  • Consider your interests
  • Find out – whole wealth of information on the web and via Tutors
  • This option allows you to make your higher education choices, but gives you the option of doing something else for a year
useful contacts
Useful contacts
  • Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

- www.ucas.com

  • www.opendays.com
  • School website

- www.netherhallsf.org

-HE and careers information

- Where do I go from here guide

- Sample personal statements

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SESSION CONTENTS

  • Section 1 – The Student Finance Package
  • Section 2 – Additional Support
  • Section 3 – Student Loan Repayment
  • Section 4 – Application Information
  • Section 5 – Resources
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THE STUDENT FINANCE PACKAGE

SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS INCLUDES:

Tuition Fee Loan

The

Student Finance

Package

Maintenance (Living Cost) Support

Bursaries & Scholarships

Additional Support

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TUITION FEES & LOANS

OVERVIEW

  • Universities and colleges* can charge new full-time students up to
  • £9,000 per year (£6,750 part-time) for tuition fees
  • Eligible students won’t have to pay any tuition fees up front
  • A Tuition Fee Loan is available to cover the fee charged by the university
  • or college (Up to £6,000 for designated courses at private HEIs)
  • The Tuition Fee Loan doesn’t depend on household income
  • SLC pay any Tuition Fee Loan directly to a university or college
  • The loan is repayable, but only when the student’s income is
  • over £21,000 a year
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MAINTENANCE SUPPORT

OVERVIEW

  • Maintenance support is available to help with living costs a student
  • will face while in higher education
  • Two main types of support are available, Maintenance Loan and Maintenance Grant
  • The Maintenance Loan is repayable and all eligible students are
  • entitled to receive some funding
  • The amount of loan available will depend on where a student lives
  • and studies
  • Maintenance support is paid directly into the student’s bank account
  • each term
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MAINTENANCE LOAN

MEANS TESTING

*Slightly lower rates of support apply to final year students

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MAINTENANCE SUPPORT

MAINTENANCE GRANT

OVERVIEW

  • The Maintenance Grant doesn’t have to be repaid
  • How much grant a student can get depends on their household
  • income (100% means tested)
  • Household income thresholds for 2014/2015:

Household Income:

Up to £25,000

Full Grant of £3,387

Household Income:

Up to £42,620

Partial Grant

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SPECIAL SUPPORT GRANT

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • As with the Maintenance Grant the maximum Special Support Grant a
  • student could get is £3,387, students could be eligible for a SSG if they:
  • Are a lone (single) parent
  • Have a partner who is also a student and one or both of them are responsible for a child/young person under 20 who is in full-time
  • education below higher education level
  • Have a disability and qualify for the Disability Premium or Severe
  • Disability Premium
  • Are deaf and qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances
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SPECIAL SUPPORT GRANT

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Have been treated as incapable of work for at least 28 weeks
  • Have a disability and qualify for income-related Employment and
  • Support Allowance
  • Are waiting to go back to a course having taken agreed time out from
  • that course due to an illness or caring responsibility that has now ended
  • Are aged 60 or older
  • Entitled to Personal Independence Payment, Armed Forces
  • Independence Payment and Disability Living Allowance
  • Eligible for the housing element of Universal Credit

Students receiving the Special Support Grant will not see a

reduction in their Maintenance Loan entitlement

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COMBINED MAINTENANCE SUPPORT

LIVING AWAY FROM HOME, OUTSIDE LONDON

Students can get a quick estimate of their student finance

entitlement using the calculator on gov.uk/studentfinance

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BURSARIES & SCHOLARSHIPS

BURSARIES & SCHOLARSHIPS

OVERVIEW

  • Many universities and colleges offer financial support to their students
  • through bursaries and scholarships
  • Bursaries:
  • Linked to personal circumstances and often, household income
  • Awards can include fee waivers or cash
  • Scholarships:
  • Can be linked to academic results or outstanding ability in an area
  • such as sport, music or art
  • Can be subject specific and are limited in numbers

Students should check university websites early and ask at open

days for information on support available and how to apply

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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

OVERVIEW

  • Extra money or support may be available to students if they:
  • Have children or adults dependent on them
  • Have a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition
  • or specific learning difficulty
  • Are studying an NHS or Social Work course
  • NHS courses include:
  • Nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, chiropody, dietetics, radiography, occupational therapy, the later stages of medicine and dentistry

For further information and applications students should visit:

www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students

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STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS

AN OVERVIEW

  • Students won’t make repayment contributions until their income is
  • over £21,000 a year (£1,750 pm) gross
  • On entering repayment, this threshold will rise annually in line with average earnings increase
  • Full-time studentswill begin to repay in the April after graduating from/leaving their HE course (from April 2016 at the earliest)
  • Part-time students enter repayment in the April 4 years after they started their course, or the April after they leave their course, whichever comes first
  • Repayments will be a basic 9% of income earned over £21,000,
  • but if income falls to £21,000 or below, repayments will stop
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STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS

THE FIGURES

Early repayments can be made at any time, but any outstanding

loan balance will be written off 30 years after entering repayment

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STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS

THE INTEREST

Interest added will vary, depending on a students circumstances:

  • Interest rate is:
  • Retail Price Index (RPI) +3%
  • Interest rate is:
  • Retail Price Index (RPI) +3%
  • Interest rate is:
  • RPI plus up to 3%

Income:

Below £21,000

During study until

entering repayment

Income:

£21,000 to £41,000

Income:

Above £41,000

  • Interest rate is:
  • Set at RPI Only

The interest rate applied is updated once a year in September, using the rate of RPI from that March which is carried forward

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PART-TIME LOAN REPAYMENTS

INTEREST ON A LOAN WILL VARY

  • While studying and until whichever
  • comes first of:
  • April after graduating or leaving a course
  • April 4 years after the start of a course

Interest Rate

Retail Price Index (RPI) +3%

Interest added will then be linked to a students income (From April 2016)

Retail Price Index (RPI) Only

Income: Under £21,000

Retail Price Index (RPI) + Up to 3%

Income: £21,000 up to £41,000

Income: Over £41,000

Retail Price Index (RPI) +3%

Students who finish or leave a course before April 2016; RPI plus 3% until the April after leaving the course, then RPI only until April 2016

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STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS

DEDICATED WEBSITE

www.studentloanrepayment.co.uk

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APPLICATION INFORMATION

KEY MESSAGES

  • Apply online at gov.uk/studentfinance as soon as possible to make
  • sure student finance is in place for the start of their course
  • Register on UCAS and we can let students know when it’s time to apply
  • They do not need a confirmed place at university or college to apply
  • Make a note of their account log-in details and keep them safe
  • Agree to share information from their application, this helps apply
  • for many bursaries and some scholarships
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APPLICATION INFORMATION

COMPLETING AN APPLICATION

  • Before starting an application, students should have the following to hand:
  • • Passport - SFE can check identity using valid UK passport details
  • • University and course details
  • Bank account details and National Insurance number
  • If parents or other sponsors will be supporting a students application, they
  • will need their own account on GOV.UK and provide information including:
  • • National Insurance number(s)
  • Household income information
  • Details of other child dependants

If sponsors can’t submit income details online, they should send a photocopy of evidence including: P60s, Pay slips or Tax returns

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GOV.UK

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO APPLY

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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4

NEW LOOK ‘MY ACCOUNT’

MAKING IT EASIER TO NAVIGATE & UNDERSTAND

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STUDENT FINANCE APPLICATIONS

IDENTITY EVIDENCE

  • SFE require all students to provide identity evidence in order for their
  • application to progress. The following list details acceptable identification
  • evidence (ID):
  • UK Students - Identity Evidence
  • Students confirm identity by providing valid passport details in their
  • online application
  • If they haven't included passport details with online application they will
  • need to send one of the following:
  • A completed UK Passport Details Form (If holding valid passport)
  • Original UK birth or adoption certificate along with a countersigned
  • Birth/Adoption Certificate Form (ADIF)
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SUPPORTING AN APPLICATION

HOUSEHOLD INCOME

  • If supporting an application for means tested student finance, SFE will
  • need to see details of parent(s) partners or other sponsors household
  • (taxable earned and unearned) income and National Insurance number(s)
  • Earned income includes:
  • Wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee pay
  • Long-term disability benefits received prior to minimum retirement age
  • Net earnings from self-employment
  • Unearned income includes:
  • Interest from savings (only the annual summary is required)
  • Benefits and Pensions
  • Rent from property or a room

For most applications, SLC verify income from these NI numbers

with no need to send any documents, unless we ask for them

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SFE FULL & QUICK-START GUIDES

STUDENT GUIDES

NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2014/15

  • Series of informative guides, introducing the main
  • areas of student finance to students and their parents,
  • including:
  • Financial Support for Students
  • Disabled Students’ Allowances
  • How Students are Assessed and Paid
  • Student Loan Terms and Conditions
  • Download now from the SFE finance page on
  • The Student Room
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THE STUDENT ROOM

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION & RESOURCES

www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance

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SOCIAL MEDIA

FOLLOW SFE FOR THE LATEST NEWS

www.facebook.com/SFEngland

www.twitter.com/sf_england

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UNISTATS

COMPARE UNI’S COURSES AND FEES

www.unistats.direct.gov.uk